This week I was reminded of Barry Crane’s solution to bearing the brunt of being at the mercy of the directors’ match-ups for Swiss Team pairings. It didn’t take a brain surgeon to come up with a master plan. Barry would simply pull his chair up to the Directors Table and observe how the pairings were decided — especially when team standings were bunched and the victory points were close to indistinguishable. Amazing how quickly the match-ups became more equitable.
I attended a recent tournament where the knockout bracket match-ups were advertised as ‘random.’ And — that may be indeed what happened. However, if that is the policy and format decided upon by those in command, I would like to introduce a new concept! Rather than await your team’s table assignments being posted on the wall sheet – there should be no objection if the participants watch as the directors draw the team numbers from the hat. I promise you no rabbit will appear!